ERIC Number: ED421618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-18
Family Literacy as a Welfare Reform Strategy. Family Independence Initiative Audioconference. Family Independence Initiative Publication #2.
National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
In 1997, the National Center for Family Literacy convened four state policymakers for an audioconference to discuss five issues related to family literacy and its role as a welfare reform strategy. First, with regard to the value of family literacy, policymakers saw literacy as the key to employment and job retention. Second, family literacy was a valid strategy for state welfare reform programs, because its components addressed various challenges faced by welfare families: adult education and work prep classes provided new workers with basic literacy and job skills; parent group addressed work maturity skills and offered peer support during transition to work; and parent and child interaction time established family relationships to withstand stress from change. Third, importance of collaboration with local welfare agencies was clear, because long-term success depended on collaboration with public and private organizations that support such services as transportation, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health. Challenges for embedding family literacy into the welfare-to-work infrastructure included the following: raising family literacy awareness among service providers; revamping curriculum to include more work preparation; and program offerings at nontraditional hours. Ways to strengthen the connection between family literacy and welfare reform were through statewide or regional meetings and through accessing of surplus Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds to set up demonstration programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Services, Family Literacy, Federal Legislation, Job Placement, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parents as Teachers, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.